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Departed Glories

by Biosphere

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    Lifting an image from the recently discovered work of Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. Departed Glories portrayed a 100-year-old image from the photographer, who was a pioneer of colour photography who worked using sheets of glass to project images such as the one of the landscape that adorns the cover. The photo Biosphere discovered in Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky's archive provided a huge influence on the way he produced Departed Glories, as he quotes "the crystal clear yet haunting atmosphere fascinated me".

    As a way to cement the importance and impact of the cover image, Smalltown Supersound have created a highly limited, yet strikingly encapsulating, silkscreened print, reduced to a black and white image that goes a long way to portraying the stark, glacial beauty that haunts the record.
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It’s easy to forget that Norway shares a short stretch of frontier with Russia, right at the northernmost tip of the country. That region is where Geir Jenssen, the Norwegian electronic producer behind Biosphere, comes from, and where he has been composing his austere, disturbing and deeply textured ambience since the early 1980s.

Biosphere has released many albums to date including 'Substrata,' voted the greatest ambient album of all time on the Hyperreal website, and has collaborated with Arne Nordheim, Higher Intelligence Agency, Deathprod, Pete Namlook and Bel Canto.

His 12th album 'Departed Glories' is his first in almost five years and marks a new deal with the Oslo independent label Smalltown Supersound. On the cover is a photo of the Russian landscape taken more than a hundred years ago. It’s part of an incredible cache of recently discovered images by the photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, who pioneered a form of colour photography using three sheets of glass, and left us with a collection of hauntingly beautiful pictures of a vanished world that could have been taken on an iPhone.

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released September 23, 2016

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